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I'm so happy Seraphina resonated with you so much! Honestly if you're anything like her then you're already an awesome person imo. She's based loosely on one of my best friends! I'm so, so glad you enjoyed the story! That means the world to me. If you do happen to write anything and you're willing to share, please don't hesitate to drop me a message with your work!

I'll support the heck out of it! Probably this is a very, very late time to post this but Not that I have anything against "Seraphina's" name. It just doesn't connect with me. And probably because I'm used to being able to change the MC name in most games Good job! Hey there Lenneth! I appreciate the feedback! I respect your preference, but perhaps I can shed some light on everything? The entire game was about the power of names, and I felt that by making her name changable I would be undermining my entire message. I was very careful to make sure Seraphina wasn't a self-insert or blank slate-- she's very much a defined character of mine so I hope that helps understand my decision a bit more!

My OCs are very precious to me, so I appreciate you taking the time to play my small passion project! Anyway thank you so much for playing! I'm glad you enjoyed it despite the name choice not being your cup of tea!

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I haven't been on itch. You guys-- I'm so, so flattered and so happy. I have to look into it and fix it up! I'm so sorry you experienced an error! Basically it's a check if you helped Angelo by using your own abilities to turn the plant to stone earlier on in the game-- but I'm not sure why it's causing an error. You may be able to bypass it by using the skip option on the error screen. I figured out its because I seemingly defined the stupid thing in the wrong place so if you didn't help Angelo and tried to comfort him instead the game doesn't define it.

I'm so, so sorry!! The game started working again only after I pressed "ignore". Nothing else worked. Fun game btw. I really enjoyed it. I'm going to check out the other romance option now :. Oh gosh!! Thank you so, so much! That made my morning! I really hope you do too. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! LOL the bad ending is actually a lot better than the medium ending.

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I'm not sure if you did see it all the way through to the end because the video was cut off before the final screen. Thank you so, so much for playing! I truly do enjoy this game more than I let on beyond the fangirling and dirty minded cringe feasting I show! I'll watch it through and see how to fix the error and see if I can do some editing. I'm also sorry for the cringe ahaha Sexuality isn't something I write very well or enjoy writing, but it was part of the challenge.

I prefer to write chaste relationships just simply because it's easier to write as someone who's ace. But I did enjoy it. Now starting the other route, but came confused by another character popping in, Creed. I understand haha the routes can be pretty problematic to some people, I'm very aware not everyone will agree with where I took the story in some places-- especially in relation to some of the choices I made.

You may, perhaps, run into similar issues with Angelo's, but I hope you still like it! I'm so glad you're enjoying it regardless! I hope those things didn't impact your play through too much. You ran into an easter egg, Creed is a romantic interest from my first visual novel, so it's just a silly cameo for those who played Paper Roses. This was an amazing VN and I can't wait for the next one. This VN was very helpful for me because I am an aspiring author who is struggling with depression. I just wanted to let you know that I understand your situation and you absolutely can and will tell those stories you are meant to tell, even if it is in other mediums or other ways that you weren't expecting!

When you have some of your work up please feel free to drop me a message and I will be so happy to read and, if you'd like, share your work. Any style that you like because yours are very beautiful and every time I looked at them they gave me a serene aura. I'm just so flattered ahhhhh seriously my work is nothing to admire-- I've been super self-conscious about my style for so long.

My biggest tips:. It was a challenge but after a while I developed my own techniques that I liked and the style kind of diverged from there. To be clear, I was zooming in on things like the eyes and seeing the proportions, how it was shaped and colouring techniques and tried to do similar stylistic elements on different pieces without referencing it. Even now I struggle with certain pieces. I made this mistake so many times. I never understood what it was like to have fun drawing.

For instance, prom was two-page long. Everything went on high-speed motion. Naila is a great protagonist and, with her good sense, hopefulness and love toward Saif, we do not lose faith in her returning to American from Pakistan alive. There were moments when I actually thought she would commit something irreversible, harm herself in some unthinkable way from despair, but no such thing happened.

Her refusing to eat was not aimed as a defying action, in my opinion, but more out of disgust from what her own family was doing to her. I recently read my first book with an arranged marriage situation, a dystopia — 5 to 1. Therefore, if you enjoyed Written in the Stars or do not think that it is quite the book for you but would like to try something with similar themes, I would highly — highly — recommend 5 to 1.

View all 26 comments. Jun 15, Steph Sinclair rated it really liked it Shelves: young-adult , marginalized-stories , print-arc , realistic-fiction , release , contemporary , reads , so-glad-i-read-this , awesome , forbidden-love. Life is full of sadness. It's part of being a woman. Our lives are lived for the sake of others. Our happiness is never factored in. I'm not sure what I expected from Written in the Stars , but it definitely wasn't what I received. It reminds me of how I felt while reading Little Peach , except I knew going into that one was going to be hard.

I didn't expect th Life is full of sadness. I didn't expect the same level of anger and heartbreak as Naila's situation went from not-so-great to down right horrifying. Naila is hiding a secret from her parents: She's in love with a boy named Saif and if her parents were to find out, they'd be furious. The choosing of her husband is left to up to them, with no input from her. As a result, This may see like too much involvement for some, but for Naila culture, it's a deep level of trust and love for her parents that motivates her to accept this The problem is that since she has found someone who she's fallen in love with, she no longer wants that for herself.

But the worst does happen, and Naila suddenly finds herself whisked off to Pakistan, far away from the boy she loves and a life she wants. Written in the Stars really opened my eyes to the issue of forced marriages and arranged marriages. Before reading this novel, I personally couldn't understand why someone would be okay with any form of an arranged marriage, but Naila's story has really shown me that a forced marriage is NOT the same thing as an arranged marriage.

I really loved Saeed's guest post at YA Highway , where she goes into detail about the different forms of arranged marriages and I encourage you to check it out and learn new things! Naila is coerced, drugged and imprisoned during her "courting process. This, obviously, is completely wrong and a form of abuse. There was a part of me that understood her parents' concern for Naila. I too grew up in a very religious household where I wasn't allowed to go to school events and parties or out with friends. Thankfully, I was given a lot more freedom and my parents became more understanding while I was in high school.

So I understood why her parents were strict: they viewed it as a way of protection for their daughter. Unfortunately, they completely crossed the line and abused the trust Naila had in them by forcing her into a marriage she didn't want. They are a perfect example of having honorable intentions, but horrible, horrible actions through unreasonable justification. They fully believed that what they were doing was for the good of Naila and they viewed her relationship with Saif as a threat to her future.

It also seemed like they were angry that Naila took away their "right" to choose her mate. There were just so many complex parts to their relationship. What I really enjoyed was the writing style. It's very simple in nature, which originally concerned me.

But I grew to appreciate it more as the story went along because it allowed for Naila's vulnerability to truly shine through. There weren't any fancy prose or deeply metaphorical phrases to distract the reader from what was actually happening. Naila's circumstance was enough to completely captivate me from beginning to end. I also appreciated Saeed's Author's Note at the end that mentions forced marriages can happen in any culture, country or religion and is condemned by all.

This was such an important distinction because there are some cultures and religions that get a lot of flack about arranged marriages in general. I love how she makes the reader aware that an arranged marriage is a loving arrangement between all parties and that no one should be forced to do anything they don't want. This is also why I think it was smart that Saeed left out mentions of any of the characters' religious beliefs. The only blame placed is on the people that did this to her.

To conclude, I'm so happy I read Written in the Stars because it's helped me understand so much more about arranged marriages and forced marriages. I'm really excited for what Saeed writes about next. ARC was provided from publisher for an honest review. More reviews and other fantastical things at Cuddlebuggery. View all 28 comments. Jan 30, Sana rated it really liked it Recommended to Sana by: Kimi. Shelves: young-adult , i-have-a-heart , contemporary , romance.

As a Pakistani American I was hoping to being able to relate to this book, but I obviously didn't because the people and relatives I know about that live in Pakistan don't live a horrible life like the people in this book did. I also didn't relate to this book bc of the whole forced marriage issue. I know for a fact my parents won't force me to marry a guy without my consent.

One thing that I saw a lot when I was reading reviews for this book was that people said these "forced marriages" happen As a Pakistani American I was hoping to being able to relate to this book, but I obviously didn't because the people and relatives I know about that live in Pakistan don't live a horrible life like the people in this book did. One thing that I saw a lot when I was reading reviews for this book was that people said these "forced marriages" happen in the Muslim community.

I just want to say that the religion isn't to blame for a forced marriage. Heck it's forbidden in Islam for forcing someone to marry against there will. As a Muslim myself it made me angry seeing these lies spread about my religion. It's the people or parents to blame who do this to their children. It is not the religions fault. I'm pretty sure Naila is a Muslim, correct me if I'm wrong, which is why I've brought this up. I'm pretty sure the author mentioned this in the authors note, but I'd like to say it in my review.

This book shows that forced marriages can happen in any culture, race or religion. It has happened and can be happening right now to so many girls and it is wrong. This book isn't saying arranged marriages are bad, but arranging a marriage for someone, against their will and forcing them to marry is wrong. I hated Naila's parents. They didn't listen to her, they didn't let her explain herself and did this to her.

Worst of all, they thought it was for her own good. I'm so glad my parents aren't like this and are more open minded. Excuse me, I'm gonna go hug my mom. What happened to Naila was wrong and extremely heartbreaking to read about. I definitely recommend you read this because people should be educated about this topic of forced marriages and respect the culture of Pakistan, of course, especially with what's happening in the world today. I'm so glad I read this. I also don't know how to rate this. Whether it is five stars or four.

I've gotta think about it bc at some parts my heart hurt for Naila but I wasn't able to relate to this book which has left me disappointed. This is a tough book for me and I'm going to take some time and think about how to rate this. This is a solid four stars. View all 40 comments. Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: several awesome friends. Shelves: reality-bites , unexpectedly-good , young-adult , emotionally-intense , love-love-love , five-stars. Flawlessly Written in the five stars!

This book, I devoured it in only a little more than three hours. The wonderful writing is captivating. I love its smooth, easy, flow that in the beginning warms the heart. The better term is, it tricks the heart to feel good as it establishes the characters and the main conflict. You treacherous book! How could you?! She brings the reader to Pakistan where Naila, the heroine is originally from. For the first several chapters, the reader learns about Pakistan and the people, a lush depiction of their simple values and ways including their food, clothes and the place which kind of remind me of home.

Destiny sucks sometimes or a lot of times. I just ruined the tone of this review right there. Tears just kept coming. The tragic tone warns of the same tragic ending. I expected no less even though I know it will further crush my already wrecked heart. Good different. Arranged marriage is something common to many cultures. I personally have nothing against it. This story is a huge eye-opener. It presents these unpleasant life realities and at the same time, it gives hope and inspiration to people who may be suffering the same predicament. If you fight hard enough.

Destiny can be overwritten by another more hopeful destiny. It should be something beautiful. View all 81 comments. More reviews and bookish fun at Deadly Darlings! This book has a cast of authentic characters. Take our main character for example. Naila wants to be strong, but sometimes she doesn't really have a choice, especially where her parents are concerned. A lot of us are this way in real life, yeah? The romance in this book is absolutely amazing.

Holy mother of feels, you guys! The romance was just so heartwarming and so fierce--I was rooting fr More reviews and bookish fun at Deadly Darlings! The romance was just so heartwarming and so fierce--I was rooting from Naila and Saif from the beginning to the end. You will learn a lot about other cultures in this book. Arranged marriages, living arrangements, terms of endearment I didn't know anything about the Pakistani way of living before reading this book. I'd like to say I'm a bit more knowledgeable now.

You will learn so many important life lessons.

Like: a hearts take fucking long to heal, b parent's don't always know whats best, and c you have to fight for the things you love. This book will give you all the feels, and then some. You're going to laugh, swoon, cry, rage, explode, and then cry some more. Trust me on this one. View all 10 comments. Jul 18, emily rated it it was amazing. I was going to try to give this 4. I picked up this book and pledged that I would read it all today or in 24 hours no matter what happened. I thought maybe it wouldn't happen, or I would have to force myself through certain parts, but nothing of the sort occurred.

Fr I was going to try to give this 4. From the first couple chapters of Written in the Stars, I was completely hooked and immersed in Naila's story. Not once did I actually want to put this book down, but I had to, you know, do normal people things like shower and eat. This story is a very important one, and it's important to anyone who would read it. This is a story about a Pakistani-American girl who is physically and occasionally violently forced into an arraigned marriage completely against her will and the horrible things that follow.

This is an important story for Pakistani-American or just Pakistani girls to read for many reasons. Two, this is a situation that some of them can probably relate to and stories like that are so important , especially for young people. For me, this story was important because it taught me about another culture I knew very little about and it opened up my eyes to a situation and various events that I will never, ever experience in my life.

Stories that teach us things about the world and different ways of life other people have are vital because it makes us more educated and more empathic to their lifestyles and life experiences as well as more tolerant to things we are less familiar with. Basically, this is why we need more diverse books, especially in the Young Adult category. Stories like these that teach us the kinds of things I just mentioned are really important for young people because the way that young people think and act up to age, like, is how they will be for the rest of their lives.

Being more open to others' situations are so important. Anyway, Aisha Saeed wrote Written in the Stars beautifully and it teaches young people or any audience of this book because, really, someone of any age can read it to have empathy and tolerance towards the sorts of situations Naila goes through. The most important part of this book, I think, is what it teaches the reader. It definitely taught me a lot.

This novel also made me think a great deal. It's always nice when a book brings up something that makes you slowly set the book down, stare into the cloudy sky, and really think in depth about what you just read. I thought a lot about what it would be like to be forced into a marriage, I thought a lot about the differences between being an Irish Catholic American versus a Pakistani-American.

I contemplated the moral and cultural aspects of arraigned marriages. Even in my head, that one was hard because I almost feel like I don't have the right to think about the moral side of the event. Since I am Irish Catholic and an American, I am incredibly removed from this situation and I don't know much about it at all and I don't know what it's like to grow up just accepting and expecting that my parents will choose my husband.

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I feel like I don't have the right to state my opinion on it so I won't in this review, but I did think about the whole thing a great deal. I struggled with it because I could see the parents' side of the argument and Naila's side as well. I thought of course, me, being the feminist warrior I am about the sexism in arraigned marriages, like whether they are sexist or not. Whether that's ever talked about.

Whether females who go through this think it's sexist or believe it to just be part of their culture this really intrigues me because so many white people claim that wearing garments that cover women's hair is sexist but I've heard plenty of girls who cover their hair to say they like it or it's just purely cultural. I have gone on quite the tangent here and for that I do not apologize because that whole excessive paragraph shows you how much this book impacted me and how much it just made me think about real things in the world. I hate to say this, because I am such an advocate for Young Adult literature and I believe that it's all worth the same as general "adult" literature but It's really nice to find a YA book that was able to provoke so much deep thinking, especially about the actual, real world around me.

There are a lot of very good YA books out there that are fun and have great writing and have such rich and alive characters, but rarely do I find a YA book that makes me think about our world. I don't think there is an abundance of YA books that are commentary on things that go on in our country, in different countries and cultures. A lot of YA is fluff. And you know what? I love fluff. But I love books that make me think too. Writing this review has made me realize a few things. I need to write more. And I need to read more of the ones that already exist.

If you haven't been able to tell, Written in the Stars is a book that you really, really want to read. View all 4 comments. Jul 13, Samantha rated it liked it. Written in the Stars is actually a book I don't recommend reading the synopsis for, as I feel it spoils a lot of elements of the book. I know I know.. I just posted the synopsis. But that is my review structure and I'm sticking to it. First off, this was a very interesting story about a subject matter I had never read about before.

It introduces the reader to the culture slowly, and I found a lot about it very fascinating. While I felt for Naila and her plight, I also found her very naive at times Written in the Stars is actually a book I don't recommend reading the synopsis for, as I feel it spoils a lot of elements of the book. While I felt for Naila and her plight, I also found her very naive at times. I saw the plot twist coming from a mile away, and it seemed obvious to everyone but her.

I also found that due to how short the story was, many of the characters weren't developed. I was hoping for more interactions with her family that made them more sympathetic, when we instead got a very stereotypical image of them and their beliefs. I kept waiting for them to get some redemption, and they never did.

I found it very interesting that the author is in a happily arranged marriage herself, and chose instead to write about the horror's surrounding that same topic. I was expecting this book to have a little more middle ground on the subject. While the situations she chose to depict are important, I think that is often the image we see of Middle Eastern culture here in the West, and I would have liked to see something different there. Lastly, I also found the writing to be simple, and the plot to overall be wrapped up a little too quickly and easily. The writing allowed for the story to move quickly, but it was also very blunt.

It made me feel like I was reading a script more than a story. I also felt that the conflict was wrapped up very quickly, leaving me reeling a bit. This story is very intense, and it is brought to a close rather easily. I also felt that the ending was a tad unrealistic for the story. Overall, I enjoyed this book. I found it to be a quick read about a subject matter that many of us don't know much about. While I had some problems with it, I still think it is worth a read if you are interested. This review was originally posted on Thoughts on Tomes View all 3 comments.

Author's Note: When I was twenty-two years old, I married the love of my life. Both Pakistani-Americans raised in traditional families, our wedding was semiarranged by our parents. We met only once, surrounded by family, before getting engaged, and only a handful of times before our wedding day Aisha Saeed's Written in the Stars follows the story of Naila Rehman, a Pakistani-American teenager whose conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: she may choose anything Author's Note: When I was twenty-two years old, I married the love of my life.

Aisha Saeed's Written in the Stars follows the story of Naila Rehman, a Pakistani-American teenager whose conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: she may choose anything she wants, including what she wants to study, how to wear her hair, and her future profession - but they will choose her husband. And until then, dating - or even friendship with a boy - is forbidden.

Yet there's a catch in this situation: Naila is madly in love with Saif, a fellow Pakistani-American student in her high school. When their relationship is discovered by her parents, they are absolutely livid. Convinced Naila has forgotten who she truly is, her parents decide to travel to Pakistan to visit relatives and explore their roots.

But Naila's vacation soon takes a horrifying turn when she finds out her parents' ulterior motives, and she is quickly caught in a vicious, inescapable nightmare without any hope of escape. Before I begin my review, it is interesting to note that although Aisha herself was fortunate enough to find love in her arranged marriage, she chose to reveal the other side to it: penning a tale about the horror and trauma of forced marriage, some of which are brought about through coercion, pressure, threats and sometimes outright violence.

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Written in the Stars has a simple, captivating writing style which grips you and makes the book impossible to put down. At the start, it reads like a vanilla contemporary: the words flowed easily, and my eyes traveled quickly over the pages. But with shocking speed, the mood of the story turns dark and ominous. Yet the author still retains her effortless storytelling style, which I practically devoured because her writing style only enhanced the pace and thrill of the book. Part of the reason why I'm giving this five stars is because it made me feel.

For those few hours, I was Naila, a young Pakistani-American girl betrayed by everyone she'd once trusted and terrified for her future. My heartbeat was constantly accelerated throughout the book, and I was devastated and anxious and so scared for Naila over the course of the story. Mostly I was so angry - that young girls were still treated like this, that their choice was taken away from them, that their dreams were crushed.

But I was furious with Naila's family most of all, and I took a sort of vicious pleasure every time she refused to acknowledge her parents or ignored her mother, because they deserved it. Reading this book was a rollercoaster ride of emotions despite its deceptively simple language. My uncle locked me in a barred room. My parents drugged me and forced me into this marriage. I didn't think anything could get worse, but today, for the first time, I know what it is like to feel completely broken. One flaw that I did notice which many of my friends complained about as well was that the secondary characters were not fleshed out enough, and it was almost impossible to sympathise with them for that same reason.

We weren't even given much insight into Naila's boyfriend Saif. I attributed this to the author's writing style - with all the drama and action happening, this is undoubtedly a plot-focused book, and it would be difficult to incorporate more sides to each character. The ending was also a little rushed and I will admit it was slightly unrealistic, but I enjoyed it a lot mostly because I was so relieved that everything would turn out fine for Naila.

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